Stoddard, Alice Kent

Born in Watertown, Connecticut, in 1884, Alice Kent Stoddard moved to Philadelphia to pursue her artistic studies at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the artists Thomas Eakins and William Merrit Chase.

Stoddard was recipient of numerous awards, including the Mary Smith Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1911 and 1913, a Gold Medal from the Art Club of Philadelphia in 1913 and 1916, an Honorable Mention from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1916 and 1926, the Isidor medal from the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1917, the Carol Beck Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1926, and the Clark Prize in 1928.

From 1914 through 1964, Stoddard exhibited regularly in the Fine Arts Annuals at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Here, she exhibited two of her Monhegan paintings, "A Child of Monghegan" and "A Monhegan Fisherman" in 1918 and 1919 respectively.  The Maine island of Monhegan provided such inspiration for Stoddard that she and her husband, Joseph Pearson, Jr., established their primary residence there, following their marriage in 1946.        

Stoddard's forte was portraiture and when she was in her prime she was reputed to be Philadelphia's foremost portrait painter.  She received high praise from Rockwell Kent, her first cousin, who said she is "one of the finest portrait artists I have ever seen".  One of Stoddard's portraits, "Tapestry and Lace," painted in 1915, was included in the exhibition entitled "the Genius of the Fair Muse" at Grand Central Galleries in New York in 1987.

As one of the most prominent women artists of the early twentieth century, it is not surprising that Stoddard was the first woman artist to be named in Who's Who In American Art.

Today, Stoddard's work can be found in the public collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Delgado Museum of New Orleans, and the Reading Museum in Pennsylvania.

Alicia Kent Stoddard died in 1976.